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Electrical Considerations When Purchasing an Electric Vehicle (EV) Charger

ev charger electrical installationMost all drivers of plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs) and Electric Vehicles (EVs) are in the habit of charging their electric vehicles at home overnight using either AC Level 1 or AC Level 2 EV charging equipment. 

Most often, residential charging equipment is installed in a home’s garage, but there are also safe methods of safely installing chargers outdoors even if the vehicle is being exposed to or charged in the rain or other outdoor elements. In order to utilize outdoor charging equipment, outdoor-rated charging equipment is required. Additionally, if the charging is taking place at multi-family dwellings (like apartment complexes), additional considerations for safety must be made and the chargers will be more similar to public chargers than chargers used in a single family dwelling.

If you are an EV or PHEV owner, you will most likely be able to meet your daily driving range needs by simply charging your vehicle overnight using an AC Level 1 EVSE. These require no additional cost or installation as long as the power outlet is on a dedicated branch circuit near the parking location of the vehicle. If you are a driver with a longer commute or an irregular schedule, your best option is the AC Level 2 charging equipment. Often there are incentives offered by the state to help offset the costs.

Contact a professional electrical contractor, like those at John’s Electric, to find out if your home has the proper and adequate electrical capacity for electrical vehicle charging. Your home may or may not have the capacity for AC Level 2 equipment. If this is the case, one of our qualified electricians can add circuits to accommodate the power and capacity needed for the charging level that works best for you.

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About John's Electric

Linn Park Fountain, Birmingham, AL

John's Electric Inc. is a family owned and operated electrical contractor business that proudly provides electrician services in Birmingham, AL and the surrounding areas such as Hoover, Homewood, Chelsea, Vestavia Hills, Pelham, Alabaster, Trussville, and Mountain Brook. John's Electric provides residential and commercial electrical solutions at competitive rates. We have been in this line of work for 30 years, giving us not only experience but expertise as well. You can depend on us. We are a state licensed electrician (#03875) for your protection.

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What others say about John's Electric Service

John's electric is an extremely good company. I would this company to anyone I know. He is very professional and goes the extra mile for his customer. Five stars in my book.

elisha

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Had part of a circuit series of outlets/lights stop working while running vacuum. Was very pleased with service.... courteous....professional....good blend of knowledge and interaction.

Jim M.

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Aubrey did a great job for us today. He is an asset to your company!

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Solved a problem thus restoring my power to some areas of my house

Had a number of outlets not working and lost AC in 97 degree weather--he came twice the 1st time approx 1hr 20 minutes--wasn't able to locate problem---this I put on myself as I was unaware of putting a breaker box behind a vanity that hadn't been move since purchase of my house. Second visit after some search found problem 1hr

OK the skinny--I think he was professional--on time

Was upfront on costs

Problem once the second box was located was an easy fix so thought a touch high on price--that said it was upfront and had I had the answer to location as I should have I think the billing would be much lower so will put this on myself. In other words I don't think he would have ripped me off

Bonus was after having 4 others trying to blame AC and being told I needed a new one---he said everything in my problems was electrical--and viewing my AC said it was fine--no need of new unit--for the moment if right saving me $$$$

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